Restorative Eco Chef Program 2017-12-10T04:56:21+00:00

30 Day Restorative Eco Chef Certification Program

Jan 14th – Feb 14th, 2018

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica


Are you a chef or nutritionist eager to learn about the power of a plant based diet? Do you yearn to create cuisine that truly heals and nourishes the bodies of your clients? Or perhaps you simply want to uplevel your own kitchen skills for your family and friends. Regardless of where you are right now in your evolution holistic nutrition and chef skills are invaluable for healthy vibrant living.

Now more than ever plant based cuisine is taking off in popularity because people are feeling the major shifts that can happen when we heal ourselves through nourishing whole foods. Vegan and raw vegan restaurants, workshops and retreats are coveted and sought after by celebrities, moms, athletes, and entrepreneurs alike.

We have designed a 30 day all inclusive program that not only teaches you the skills and techniques require to create healing high vibrational cuisine, but sets you up with a strong business foundation to launch your grandest vision. Whether you want to produce retreats, chef high end events, or create your own line of products, this certification program offers all you need to make it happen. You’ll walk away with a beautiful modern website that you have built, designed and have complete control over. Our intention is to empower you with the skills and belief systems necessary to run your own company and make big impact.

What’s Included

Hands On Kitchen Training

  • Hands on training in a live kitchen serving real people
  • How to create a menu, set grocery orders
  • How to organize for large groups & events
  • Food consciousness & how to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Work with local, seasonal, organic produce
  • How to set up your kitchen & reduce food waste

Foundational Skills & Techniques

  • Soak, ferment and sprout nuts, seeds, legumes, & grains 
  • Food combining for vibration, nutrient density & taste
  • Sauerkrauts, kimchi and lacto-fermented veggies
  • Water kefir; how to make it and use it
  • Water kefir breads & yogurt
  • Vegan cultured cheeses

Additional Workshops & Excursions

  • Jungle Nutrition Workshop with Costa Rican Chef Pedro
  • 2 Hr SUP Yoga Workshop with Amber Zuckswert
  • Daily Morning Yoga Class with Tish (Mon – Friday)
  • 8 Hrs of Pilates Mat & Myofascial Release Workshops
  • Build, Design, & Launch Your Website
  • Local Farmers Market Excursion
  • Three organic vegan meals per day
  • Shared Dorm Room with Shared Bath
  • Ground Shuttle to and from the airport

Meet Your Teachers

Johanna Thorn

Author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book “Live Vibrantly! 10 Steps to Maintain Youthfulness, Increase Energy and Restore Your Health” is fiercely committed to guiding people in taking ownership of their health giving them freedom to live life beyond the ordinary; full of energy, free from fear of aging or disease. Her path to becoming a Restorative Eco Chef and Wellness Coach became clear after having restored her own health from one debilating health issue after another including an auto-immune disease.

Over the last 28 years she has become a wealth of knowledge in this area and focuses on the importance of culturing and sprouting along with food combining to support you to be your most vibrant self. As a vibrant living soul, she is passionate about teaching and sharing this knowledge with others so they too might live as their most highest self. Johanna is our head chef and holistic nutritionist.

Amber Zuckswert

The founder of EpicSelf.com, international pilates and yoga instructor, former professional dancer, and holistic nutritionist. She holds comprehensive certifications in Vinyasa Yoga, SUP Yoga, The Pilates Method (mat and apparatus), and Holistic Nutrition. Over the last decade Amber has taught her passions around the globe at several of the top retreat centers and festivals, while maintaining an online private client base.

She adores nothing more than sharing the healing power of movement. She is a self taught web developer, former professional blogger, and social media maven who is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to build their dream businesses online. She produces all inclusive week long retreats and teacher training programs in her home base of Manuel Antonio. Amber teaches the Pilates Mat and Myofascial Release Workshops, the SUP Yoga/Pilates Intensive, as well as website build & design.

Our Gorgeous Jungle Mansion

Villa Jacana is a 5000 square foot, 4 level, 7 bedroom, luxury jungle mansion nestled in the Manuel Antonio Estates neighborhood. The home has gorgeous ocean views, multiple yoga decks, an open air layout and a private pool. The Balinese inspired decor creates a zen oasis for our training. The house also has the fastest wifi available in Costa Rica for all of our website building. Maid service is twice per week and the laundry facility is open for students to use throughout the month. The Quepos Marina and waterfront is a 15 min walk from the house and buses run every ten mins to and from Manuel Antonio main beach.

Sample Day

Skills & techniques are taught hands on in the kitchen with lectures in between. Each student get’s one and a half days off per week from kitchen duty, but is still required to attend lectures.

5:45am Rotate taking turns making fresh green juices for all groups

6-6:45am Meditation & Yoga with Tish

7am Opening kitchen ritual, review chalk board for day; flow and duties

7:15am Breakfast prep/running lecture and set up for group

8-8:30am Breakfast Break

8:30-10:00am Breakfast Set, service & cleanup, lunch & dinner prep

10-10:45am Lectures on Thursday

11am-2:30pm Lunch & Dinner prep, setup & service, cleanup

12-12:30pm Lunch – eat with group

4:30-6:30pm Dinner Prep, set, serve, shutdown kitchen

5:30-6pm Dinner Break

7pm Kitchen Closes

Requirements To Apply

Some chef experience or training preferable, but not mandatory

Basic kitchen and knife skills a must

Food safety certification preferable but not mandatory

Some experience working with whole foods a plus


$5000 per student

We are happy to offer payment plans.

A non refundable deposit of $1875 is required to hold your space. Full tuition is due by December 14th, 2017.

See our cancellation policy below for more details.

Ready to upgrade your health & launch your business?

Simply apply here and we’ll get back to you shortly

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Arrivals and Departures: Manuel Antonio is 2.5 hours drive by car from San Jose. Once you register you’ll need to book your flight to land no later then 12pm noon on the January 13th. Once we have your flight times the epic team will book your shuttle pick up from the airport and send you confirmation via email. Ground transport to and from San Jose International is included in your package.

Check-In at Villa Jacana begins at 11am on January 14th. Check-Out is February 15th at 11am. If you’d like to purchase additional nights before and/or after your retreat please inquire with an epic team member via email.

Cancellation Policy: We offer a payment plan with four non-refundable installments and opportunity to receive financing for up to six months with no interest. A non-refundable $1,875 deposit is due to hold your space. All payments are non refundable and only transferrable once in the case of a personal or family emergency.

Not Included in Package Price: Your flight. Transport costs while staying in Manuel Antonio. The EpicSelf staff will assist you with all logistics and planning once you register. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are happy to assist.

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